PIERS Morgan has branded his departure from ITV over comments about Meghan Markle a “farce” ahead of the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s explosive new news channel TalkTV that hits TV screens on Monday, April 25th.
The former Daily Mirror editor left ITV after storming off the set of Good Morning Britain when he said he did not believe Meghan’s claims from her Oprah Winfrey interview.
Speaking to Fox and Friends last week, Morgan said: “I haven’t been on a morning show like this since I was removed from my own back in the UK”
“If Meghan Markle is watching, who facilitated my departure from Good Morning Britain…; I’m really sorry! I’m Back!”
His comments sparked more than 50,000 complaints, the most in Ofcom’s history.
“I thought the whole thing was a farce, and I’m delighted that actually as a result of the farce, we’ve ended up with a whole network which is now dedicated to preventing that kind of farce from recurring,” Morgan said.
“You shouldn’t be shamed or vilified or cancelled for having an opinion unless you genuinely are spewing hateful bigoted stuff,” he told Politicalite.
“I don’t intend to do that; I’ve never done that before in my broadcasting time. I want to be a broad church to any kind of view.”
“I was given a choice, ITV said can you apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle who I called Princess Pinocio because of the scale of the lies that come out of her mouth, and I said why would I apologise for disbelieving someone who doesn’t tell the truth?”
ITV bosses then told Piers: “If you don’t apologise you’ll have to leave.”
“So I said Well in that case I’m packing my bags and off we go!” added the firebrand presenter.
The multi-million-pound channel will launch with a hot new prime-time show dubbed Piers Morgan Uncensored from 8pm, followed by Sharon Osbourne with ‘The Talk’ on Monday, April 25.
Piers Morgan says his departure from ITV over comments about the Duchess of Sussex was a `farce´ as he prepares to launch fledgling news channel TalkTV
TalkTV, the newest venture from News UK, will air on linear TV platforms as well as online services such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.
The show will use News UK’s stable of journalists including The Times’ political team, The Sun’s showbiz desk and talkSPORT correspondents.
Morgan will appear on his global show Uncensored at 8pm on April 25, broadcasting from studio facilities in Ealing, west London.
The show will air on Fox Nation in the US and Sky News Australia.